Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!

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Assessing Your Weight

How can I tell if I’m at a healthy weight?

Adult Body Mass Index or BMI

One way to begin to determine whether  your weight is a healthy one is to calculate your “body mass index”  (BMI). For most people, BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness. It is  calculated based on your height and weight.

To calculate your BMI, see the BMI CalculatorBMI Calculator. Or determine your BMI by finding your height and weight in   this BMI Index Chart.

  • If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the   “underweight” range.
  • If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, it falls within the “normal” or   Healthy Weight range.
  • If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, it falls within the “overweight”   range.
  • If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the “obese”   range.

“Underweight”, “normal”, “overweight”, and “obese” are all labels  for ranges of weight. Obese and overweight describe ranges of weight that are  greater than what is considered healthy for a given height, while underweight  describes a weight that is lower than what is considered healthy. If your BMI  falls outside of the “normal” or Healthy Weight range, you may want to talk to  your doctor or health care provider about how you might achieve a healthier  body weight. Obesity and overweight have been shown to increase the likelihood  of certain diseases and other health problems.

At an individual level, BMI can be used as a screening tool  but is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual. A trained  healthcare provider should perform appropriate health assessments in order to  evaluate an individual’s health status and risks.

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16 thoughts on “Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!

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  2. I don’t like the BMI scale because it’s not always correct. It doesn’t take a lot of factors into consideration… :-/

    • What about the BMI Index Chart,maybe that would be better for you.or you could try this,You can calculate your BMI using this formula:BMI equals a person’s weight in pounds divided by their height in inches squared, multiplied by 703.
      (For example, for someone who is 5 feet, 7 inches tall (67″) and weighs 220 pounds, the calculation would look like this: 220 divided by 4489 (67″ X 67″) multiplied by 703 = 34.45 BMI)

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